How to Defend an Embezzlement charge
Jennifer Monroe has been successful in avoiding charges and settling out of court when contacted early on when the employer or victim first let you know you are suspected of stealing, usually when they fire you. She has also fought to have cases dismissed and reduced in courts throughout Los Angeles and Ventura County.
You may be eligible for a dismissal, reduced charge, or jail alternative. Jennifer Monroe will meet with you to review your case and your background. She will also:
- Fight to protect your rights.
- Research the defenses that apply to your case.
- Initiate investigation to prove you are innocent.
- Review the facts with you to determine if a lesser charge is appropriate.
- Present mitigating factors about you and your case to the judge and prosecutor.
- Negotiate the best possible result for your case.
Common Embezzlement Charges and Punishments
The summary is intended to give you an overview of what you may be facing in an embezzlement case, but does not include all of the consequences and potential defenses. Please contact Jennifer Monroe directly for more information about the crimes listed.
Embezzlement / Employee Theft – California Penal Code 484 pc, 487 pc, 503 pc
Embezzlement is a form of theft and is commonly known as employee theft. This type of theft requires the fraudulent appropriation of property (real, personal, or money) from an employer or someone who entrusted the property with you.
Embezzlement theft is prosecuted as a misdemeanor if the loss is under $950 to the victim. If the loss is greater than $950 during a 12 month period then the theft is prosecuted as a felony, but is a wobbler and may be reduced to a misdemeanor by the judge or prosecutor.
A misdemeanor violation of this type of theft is punishable up to 6 months in local jail and or a $1,000 fine plus mandatory penalty assessments and fees. After mandatory penalty assessments and fees a $1,000 fine could cost around $4,000.
A felony violation is punishable by up to 3 years in jail and or a $10,000 fine plus mandatory penalty assessments and fees depending on the type of theft.
The court will also order a restraining order and restitution.
EMBEZZLEMENT CASE RESULTS
Grand Theft by Embezzlement California Penal Code 487 pc, 503 pc
Ventura: CASE DISMISSED!
Client was a bookkeeper accused of overpaying herself. The paperwork was very complex and after a thorough review by attorney Jennifer Monroe, it was clear the client was not guilty of what she was accused of. The prosecutor did not agree with Jennifer Monroe’s interpretation of the evidence before the preliminary hearing but after vigorous cross-examination of the prosecution’s witnesses at the preliminary hearing, the prosecutor dismissed the case.
Ventura: CHARGES NOT FILED!
Client was accused of using the company credit card for her own personal use. The police were seeking to interview the client. The client hired me and I reviewed the evidence against her. I did not allow them to interview her and without admissions by her they could not make a case and the felony embezzlement charges were never filed.
Ventura: CHARGES NOT FILED!
Client was accused of stealing cash from her employer’s business. The employer wanted her to come in for a meeting to discuss the theft. I was hired before the meeting and was able to negotiate a settlement with the employer. Police were never involved and charges were never filed.
Ventura: CHARGES REDUCED!
Client was charged with felony embezzlement of thousands of dollars from his employer. Jennifer Monroe convinced the prosecutor to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor and the client received probation and work release instead of a high fine and jail.
Pasadena: CHARGES REDUCED!
Client and his co-defendant were accused of stealing building materials from his employer and charged with felony embezzlement. After a defense investigation conducted by criminal defense attorney Jennifer Monroe, the prosecution agreed that there were problems with their case and agreed to reduce the charge to a Disturbing the Peace misdemeanor. Client avoided the felony conviction and jail time. After two years of probation, Jennifer Monroe got the case expunged from his record.
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